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Tresham College, Northamptonshire

At the new £36 million Tresham College on the Corby Campus in Northamptonshire, Carea Acantha cladding created a stylish and decorative external façade and internal walling system whilst helping to deliver outstanding levels of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Designed by architects Bond Bryan and delivered by BAM Construction, the landmark project has seen a dilapidated site in the town centre replaced by the new purpose-built 16 acre site.  One of only 12 colleges in England to receive support in the final round of funding from the Learning and Skills Council, the new Tresham College was built to provide an inspirational learning environment for thousands of students.

With this in mind, Carea cladding was installed internally and externally by specialist contractor Apex Roofing to complete the stunning aesthetic. Comprising around 95% natural minerals, Acantha proved a highly sustainable choice.

Carea Acantha composite stone panels are designed for building ventilated facades with insulation and non-ventilated facades without insulation.  Available in a range of colours, textures and sizes, the panels were supplied in speckled ‘Joal’ and two finishes – gloss and riven. These were then installed in alternate horizontal bands to create a modern, attractive finish in line with the overall contemporary aesthetic.

Installation is quick and simple too with the Carea facade system, as each panel is supplied with specialised horizontal rails that fit onto vertical cladding supports. With precisely routed grooves on the top and bottom, the simple fix provides a totally seamless finish to maintain the stunning appearance of the project.

Once installed, Carea’s panels provide a wide range of benefits including excellent thermal efficiency and the elimination of cold bridging. As well as outstanding thermal performance, the system offers exceptional acoustic and aesthetic performance, can be easily cleaned and requires minimal maintenance – offering a sustainable cladding solution that will look good for years.

The Carea cladding has been so well received that architects Bond Bryan have specified it on the new Wellingborough College which is part of the Tresham Group of Colleges.

With the durable and eye-catching Carea Acantha cladding system, the new college looks set to meet all of the client’s, designer’s and students’ needs, whilst delivering a stunning educational facility fit for the 21st Century.